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In Sequence

(Criminal Intentions #15)

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  415 ratings  ·  83 reviews

The Golden Ratio killer resurfaces in California to target a former victim, and this time the case takes Malcolm and Seong-Jae hunting deep into his past, searching for connections between victim and killer that may reveal his identity. But with the killer one step ahead of them, toying with them, leaving false trails at every turn, it's like playing Ru
Kindle Edition, 168 pages
Published November 10th 2019
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Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
***4.5 Stars***

I always try to make good on my threats promises, so... tadaaaaa:

No worries, this will probably be the last one for awhile, so there's no need for calling in a higher power. ;-)

What a sick f*ck!!!!! Umm, the killer, not Mal. He's seriously creeping me out. Gahh, the killer, not Mal. ;-)

I'm aware that I'm turning a blind eye to some things here (love-blind idiot and hardcore fan that I am), like the fact that I have zero concept of the maths used here and I don't even try
May 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
This episode was painful and so unfair to the victims. Although no one deserves such a death. Or suffer the consequences of it.
I hate the killer.
They begin to search the past, hoping to find something that will give them his identify. But it's not so easy.

"As if the killer was saying this is for you. I prepared this meal for you, for you to pick apart and devour and consume in your voyeuristic hunger for my work."

Mal and Seong-Jae hold each other through all this mess, and I feel like I'm with
Lau Novas
Jun 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Every time he thought he knew himself, Seong-Jae showed him…

He didn’t know himself at all.

In Sequence is the 15th book in the series but Cole McCade keeps surprising me. I was shelving this as a detective-romance, but now I’d have to add erotica to the mix because that scene was so damn sexy.

Arash turned his head toward Seong-Jae, watching him gravely. “Take care of my boy, would you? Don’t let that city eat him alive. Malcolm isn’t made for places like that. It’s all glass and steel and
* 4,5 stars*

Cole McCade promised this season of CI would be darker and grittier.
And hell yes, it is that and more.
Intense. Shocking. Toe curling. Heart stopping.

I have a feeling I might have to skim chapter 1 in the following books, or read it like this ...

I am truly horrified, and believe me, I’m not just saying that. Being in the POV of the person being killed has always been the MO for the first chapter in this series, but what happens with the Golden Ratio Killer is terrifying, harrowing, gr
4 “intimacy stars” ⭐️ WOW! This episode was really INTENSE and DARK! These creepy murders were certainly not what I expected. The killer patterns are more complex and exhausting. The killing scenes are evolving more terrible and dreadful. It is ridiculous to think Malcolm and Seong-Jae would get a break anytime soon from this thoroughly horrible serial killer.

I love how Malcolm and SJ are holding onto each other, and not letting go of even the situations that are coming to be more brutal. SJ rev
4.5 stars. *coughcough* Well, ok then. *fans self* I wish it were all sweetness and fire but it's not. Well, I guess I don't really wish that but damn. *shivers*

I've said this before but it bears repeating. Cole McCade is a little bit scary because his killer here and the psychological effect he's having on not just our guys but the reader *meaning me* as well is honestly chilling. Not to mention the undercurrents constantly rippling. Things you can feel are in motion but no matter how you look
Sep 23, 2020 rated it really liked it

This is another gruesome read. I have a feeling I’ll be saying that about most of the books in this series.

Once again it’s proving to be compulsive reading.
I loved the scene with Malcolm and Theo.
And don’t get me started on the one with Malcolm and Seong-Jae. Wow.

Once again that’s your lot. The next book is on my kindle waiting to be read.
Elisa Glendenning
4.5 Stars

I was hooked from the start, but this has been one of the most challenging episodes I’ve read to date. My limits have been tested.

Chapters 0/3 were brutal. It was just so cruel and unfair. Not just for the victim but also for who gets left behind. I’m wrecked. The Golden Ratio Killer scares the crap out of me.

“Oh, hello, hello, hello.” Then he bared his teeth, curling his fingers, reaching for his gloves. “Do you want to sing a song with me?”


Malcolm and Seong
~✿ Maria ✿~
May 29, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: police-crime-mm
Even though last season there were some messed-up cases, Cole McCade has definitely ramped it up. The air in this book felt heavy from the weight of the gruesomeness of the crimes and I just wanted to give Seong-Jae and Malcolm hugs. Both of them really struggled with the investigation but were able to lean on each other. Their role reversal in sex also had me shooook, I'm curious how this will affect them going forward.

“Latex allergy, and nitrile always cuts off the circulation to my wrists. Se
4.25 stars!

Ugh, I love this series, I really do. I love Malcolm and Seong-Jae so much, who manage to show just how much they love each other in every book.

I rounded this down to 4 stars instead of giving this my usual 5 just because of that feeling of not getting enough of Malcolm and Seong-Jae. While they're still the main also feels less like they are, you know? And that's fine and I do enjoy the other characters, mostly, but it's becoming more and more an ensemble series and I
Apr 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
4 stars this time. Less than the other books. I'm gonna explain why.


Detective Yoon:

Detective Khalaji

I want to take some "aparté" to talk about Malcom Khalaji. He's an incredible character. I think everyone who read about him since the first book is amazed by him. He's something else. Something unique. He's everything: good, hot, smart, kind, etc... above all of this I just LOVE the way he LOVES. Not just Yoon, but his parents, his friends. By loving you, he makes you love yourself. . An
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I can say with all honesty that each episode gets better and better. Apart from crimes and murder investigations, the author gives attention to all the couples in the series - their thoughts, misgivings and vulnerabilities are on display. I love how raw and sharp the feelings are at times. I really like hints here and there about the killer, the motive and anything connected to them - it's quite gory and fascinating at the same time. The way Seong-Jae and Malcolm work together is freaking awesom ...more
4.5 ... Seong Jay and Malcolm are really in the thick of things now. Their vulnerability is showing and this killer is playing havoc with their emotions. This is brilliantly written and is extremely clever I can’t wait for the next installment !!
Julia ✿
“Latex allergy, and nitrile always cuts off the circulation to my wrists. Seong-Jae’s kind enough to indulge me by keeping latex out of our lives.”
God I love Malcolm ;)

This series is great and I love it! On to the next one!!

Apr 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing

Okay this shit is disturbing. It is terrifying too. This is one sick son of a bitch.

My mind is reeling. I’m trying to connect some dots and the thoughts forming in my mind scares the crap out of me.

These men. Malcolm and Seong-Jae are holding on to each other by a thread. I don’t mean relationship wise but work wise. These killings are rocking them to the core. They are struggling to get a line on the killer. This killer is methodical. What is happening is senseless. And they need to figure ou
Dec 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Some book are really hard for me to.revirw ... then they wait on my reading list for some time.
This was one of them ... There are so many aspects to this book, so where to begin 🤔

Let's start with the best part: Mal and Seong-Jae. These two together are one of my favourite couples ever. Although in this book there are not enough scenes with them (but ate there ever????) And I was a bit angry with Mal for doubting (maybe that is a too strong word.... but at least for not 100% trusting) Seong-Jae .
Nov 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars!!
May 29, 2021 rated it really liked it
"Something wicked is already here,” Malcolm said gravely. “And I’m deathly afraid of what’s coming next."

And I'm deathly afraid of the next episode 😥🤧
Sep 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
God this season is going to be heavy, I can feel it in my bones! 😫💔

The case is a really bad one and is breaking my heart that a lot of families are involved, leaving kids alone or just being victims, it's a hurtful, difficult case and the heaviness is always there with the characters feeling it too, crushing them and is getting really hard to read.

This book was shorter than the last one and with a lot of povs from other characters, it's necessary, I totally understand it, but with the case as ha
☆☆☆~Bev's World of Books~☆☆☆
4.5 stars from me for this instalment In Sequence of Criminal Intentions season 2. Is it just me or is the Golden Ratio killer just so much more than Sila in Season 1?? He's completely and utterly terrifying...

Love Adelaide as a character, full of sass and has such confidence and belief in herself, despite her health problems. She'll keep Malcolm and Seong-Jae on their toes when they get back to Baltimore. There are just so many secrets that we are not privy to, and what's with Sade hacking the
Lori¸¸¸.•*❀Ɍɛɑɗs̱LɪƙɛIʈs̱H̱ɛɍJɔɓ  유❤유
For some reason I didn't review this right after I read so I can't give a detailed review but I know it was good and I know it was hard to read especially since it starts to put more cracks in Mal and Seong-Jae's already precarious relationship.

I am in the middle of book 3 and am a little disappointed I waited so long to get back to this series. In my defense this series is not an easy read. Cole McCade is one of my favorite authors, period, though, not just in MM.
Nov 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is one of my favorite series and Malcom and Seong-Jae are great. Maybe I'm being greedy but I want more of the old wolf and crow. Sometimes the secondary characters take up too much of the books. ...more
Nov 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, arc-read
What can I possibly say at this point? The narrative is as mesmerizing and shocking as ever, more shocking really. This season is much more horror and I’m not sure if I’ll be able to stick with this. I love the investigation part but not the descriptive murders. I also love the romance and usually the steam between Malcolm and Seong Jae but in this book, I do not feel it reflected my vision of them. It’s just my personal visual though and you will see it your way and maybe think it’s just fine. ...more
May 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Oh my goodness...! So much love for this!

Every sort of emotion. I normally don't like it when the POV is split between so many different characters but it works well for this with all the different aspects and intrigue going on. Still gets to me sometimes but nothing could take away from how amazing this/these are.

Malcolm and Seong-Jae... Love, love, love. Love how they're communicating and how they're continuously improving their communication - their wants and needs. This is such a tough cas
Jun 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
Whoops, here I am finishing not even a day later finishing the episode 2 of season 2. This one was a shortie but a hardcore one, in a brutal and sexy way. The Golden Ratio killer slays his next vicitim and this one broke my heart because it was so very unfair and I deeply hope the serial killer gets his punishment. I'm also interested how the Sade and Jason thing is going to work out and there is also Seong-Jaes crazy ex still roaming in Jasons apartment.
Also I was blessed with a super steamy s
Paloma Villasenor
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-releases
I’m honestly scared for the upcoming books tbh. I was expecting once again, like the first season of Criminal Intentions, when it was calmer that this second season. Because this is way much darker, and I’m so certain it will get worse. I don’t know how I’ll handle it wow. However, I can’t stop loving Malcom and Yoon, they fully own me, they deserve 100% happiness ❤️
Aug 02, 2020 rated it liked it
I love Malcolm and Seong-Jae - even more now than in the season 1 books. What I am not loving is the author pitting them against a thoroughly awful/crazed serial killer ... the killing scenes are getting so dreadful now that I cannot face them. Regrettably, I'm going to stop reading this series now ... at least until the whole golden-ratio killing spree is over. 4 stars to the author for keeping up a quality output, 2 stars for the blood-curdling factor so that averages out to 3 stars. ...more
Lorraine Lesar
Jun 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
See my review for Book 26.
Mar 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
“Found you,” he says, and his voice is the same voice that haunts her nightmares, oddly reedy and full of strange, whimsical laughter and sweetness as it chases her down the halls singing ring around the rosey, pockets full of posies... “Found you again, Sindy.”

This season is going to be crazy. I just finished the second book and just wow. I'm surprised that I'm not queasy after all that gore. The Golden Ratio Killer... the one who puts ON a mask to be himself. And somehow that the mask is a
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